AAR reports mixed volumes for week ending February 9

Rail carloads, at 242,266, fell 3.3% compared to the same week a year ago, and intermodal containers and trailers, at 277,513 units, saw a 3.4% annual gain.

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United States rail carload and intermodal volumes were mixed for the week ending February 9, according to data issued by the

Rail carloads, at 242,266, fell 3.3% compared to the same week a year ago and were slightly below the week ending February 2 at 242,718 and the week ending January 26 at 248,397.

AAR said that three of the 10 carload commodity groups it tracks saw annual gains, including: petroleum and petroleum products, up 2,420 carloads, to 12,740; grain, up 1,685 carloads, to 20,720; and motor vehicles and parts, up 363 carloads, to 17,069. Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2018 included coal, down 9,107 carloads, to 75,864; farm products excluding grain, and food, down 1,242 carloads, to 15,063; and miscellaneous carloads, down 967 carloads, to 8,487.

Intermodal containers and trailers, at 277,513 units, saw a 3.4% annual gain, topping the week ending February 2 at 255,570 and the week ending January 26 at 273,089.

Through the first six weeks of 2019, AAR reported that U.S. rail carloads were up 0.9% annually at 1,480,753, and intermodal units, at 1,593,681, are up 1%.

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